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May 4, 1935

Current Comment

JAMA. 1935;104(18):1638-1639. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760180070018

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FEDERAL PLANS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY  As our readers no doubt realize, the social security bill has passed the House of Representatives by a tremendous vote and is now under consideration by a committee of the United States Senate. Washington observers predict that its consideration may be some-what delayed because of other important legislation which has priority. In the final bill the social service board is removed from the supervision of the Department of Labor and placed directly under the President. However, the infant and maternal welfare plans and the care of the handicapped are left to the individual states, subject however to approval of such plans by the Children's Bureau in the Department of Labor. There is, moreover, a considerable contribution for public health work to be conducted under the United States Public Health Service. The words "health insurance" and "sickness insurance" do not appear in the bill. It is

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